KODAK — The Northview Academy Cougars’ arms threw a combined no-hitter on Monday night versus Union County, but the Patriots still found ways to produce baserunners, beating the Cougars by a score of 4-1.
Northview’s ace pitcher Johnny Webster started the contest, striking out 16 of the 17 batters that he sent back to the dugout, but at times control was an issue.
He gave up all four runs which were all earned, and he walked six in the loss.
The Patriots loaded the bases in the top of the third despite no hits while the contest was still scoreless.
A wild pitch by Webster drove home the first run of the game, then Union County added two more, making the score 3-0 before the damage was all done. They scored a single run on a fielder’s’ choice, and a balk by Webster plated the third run of the frame.
Webster went the first five and two-third innings on the bump, before freshman Kerim Durmaz relieved him, giving up two walks and no hits the rest of the way.
In the bottom of the fourth, Northview Academy plated their only run of the contest when Hunter Kinsey drove in Beau Lowe with a single to left field making the score 3-1.
One of Durmaz’s walks in the sixth was with the bases full, scoring a run, but he got out of the jam with no further damage done.
Jayden Coarsey went 2-2 at the plate, while Webster, Kinsey and Karsen Martin all recorded one hit a piece.
All five of the Cougars’ hits against Union County pitcher Eli Edds were singles, but they struggled at times with Edds as he struck out nine, pitching all seven innings.
Northview Academy had their chances against him, leaving eight runners on base throughout the contest.